Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

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by Benedict Anderson
     
 

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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question:…  See more details below

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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised edition, Anderson updates and elaborates on the core question: what makes people live and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name?

Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the ‘imagined communities’ of nationality, and explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kinship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of secular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time and space. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was adopted by popular movements in Europe, by imperialist powers, and by the movements of anti-imperialist resistance in Asia and Africa.

In a new afterword, Anderson examines the extraordinary influence of Imagined Communities, and the book’s international publication and reception, from the end of the Cold War era to the present day.

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“... a brilliant little book.”—Neal Ascherson, The Observer

“... sparkling, readable, densely packed...”—Peter Worsley, Guardian

Peter Worsley - Guardian
“Sparkling, readable, densely packed.”
Neal Ascherson - Observer
“A brilliant little book.”
Edmund Leach - New Statesman
“Anderson’s knowledge of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid.”
Nation
“A brilliant exegesis on nationalism.”
Guardian
Sparkling, readable, densely packed.”— Peter Worsley
Observer
A brilliant little book.”— Neal Ascherson
New Statesman
Anderson’s knowledge of a vast range of relevant historical literature is most impressive; his presentation of the gist of it is both masterly and lucid.”— Edmund Leach
Academic Library Book Review
“This is a book to be owned and read, re-read, and treasured.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844674848
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
11/17/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
165,382
File size:
2 MB

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"Sparkling, readable, densely packed." —-Peter Worsley, Guardian

Meet the Author

Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is editor of the journal Indonesia and author of Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World and Imagined Communities.

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